1. It’s an excuse to go to local county fairs
Concerts they last one night, a couple of hours when you and a few of your friends get to stand next to your auditorium chairs and scream the lyrics to all your favorite songs from row 300 and something then before you know it the lights come on the artist and their band exits the stage and you’ll never see them unless you pay another $1000 the next time they come into town. But unlike seeing Bruno Mars or Adele, you’ll find the biggest stars in country music at your local county fair. Where you pay general admission, an average of $20, then grab a beer your cowboy boots and head straight to the front of the stage cause you can. And after the show I bet you’ll get the chance to meet and take a picture with the artists that were performing. Better yet spend the rest of your evening on amusement park rides or winning stuffed animals at the carnival. The fun is endless at local county fairs and if you listen to country music you’ll enjoy the fun just that much more.
2. It’s relatable
Ever feel like there’s nobody else out there going through the same struggles as you are? Then you’re wrong and likely to hear about your problems in a country song. With songs about everything from heartache, to cheating, and that ex that just can’t seem to let you be; there’s always another voice out there reminding you that you are not alone.
3. You can meet your favorite artists in person
We know you listen to your favorite artists on Spotify and SoundCloud, but have you ever checked out their websites? There you can find everything from a biography to acoustic covers and how you could meet your favorite artist in person. Though a possibility with artists of other genres, after meeting up with Jana Kramer and RaeLynn I was surprised by their ability to make you feel special as well as answer a few of your dire questions.
4. You feel empowered
There’s nothing wrong with adding a few new tracks to your girl power or workout playlist. Maybe you’re Insecure and need a little RaeLynn to cheer you up maybe you are facing a difficult challenge and need to remind yourself "I Am Invincible" with the help of Cassadee Pope or want to stand up to bullies like Kalie Shorr who can Fight Like a Girl. Music has the power to change how you feel, so why not add these songs to your music collection.
5. There’s nothing like a good hoedown
There’s nothing like a good party in college, so why not spice it up with a hoedown. Now don’t make a face just yet, cause we know you all want to dance like Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald did in the 2011 remake of Footloose.
So don’t hesitate to tune in to your local country station once in awhile or for those of you XM listeners there’s always new music from the best and the up and coming in country music on Siriusxm The Highway.
With her dad as her inspiration, Maggie Thorn knew she could achieve anything. Starting to sing at the age of fourteen and learning to play the guitar less than a year later, Maggie was quick to feel at home while sharing her music.
Growing up in Missouri, Maggie lived a southern lifestyle listening to Sara Evans and Loretta Lynn as a child. With a traditional style and writing of personal stories, Maggie’s music is relatable and has the ability to influence others in many different ways.
Taking stories from those around her and presenting another side of herself in her next album The Other Side, Maggie hopes to paint a picture in her listener’s minds. Speaking of real life situations, Maggie isn’t afraid of expressing her own opinions in her music. And with the help of her father on the guitar and Dolly Parton who wrote 'Light of a Clear Blue Morning,' the album’s twelfth track, The Other Side can be enjoyed by people of any age.
Now off traveling alongside her father, Maggie is busy promoting the album’s release and sharing her passion with others. Having been nominated for three Josie Awards this year, Maggie is confident that she’s making a name for herself and can’t wait to see what’s next.
So make sure to find Maggie Thorn on her socials @Maggie_Thorn and check out The Other Side on iTunes or at her website at http://www.maggiethorn.com/.
Some may say seeing a total eclipse is life changing while others just want the perfect picture, but regardless that moment of totality - when the moon completely obscures the face of the sun and the daytime sky plunges into darkness - is a must see!
So to help you enjoy the natural phenomenon of the summer we've created the perfect playlist for you and your friends to make the fleeting moment last.
1. Total Eclipse of the Heart -Bonnie Tyler
2. Just Around the Corner -Martina McBride
3. That Girl -Christina Taylor
4. Lying to the Moon -Trisha Yearwood
5. To the Moon and Back -Luke Bryan
6. Without You -Mary Sarah
7. The Fish Ain't Biting -Liz Ann Hill
8. The Moon, the Stars and Me -Dolly Parton
9. Nothin' New Under The Moon -LeAnn Rimes
10. Space -Maren Morris
11. Neon Moon -Brooks & Dunn
12. Legends -Kelsea Ballerini
13. You're Drunk -Brandy Clark
14. Reasons -Jillian Jacqueline
15. Say -RaeLynn ft. Dan + Shay
16. When a Girl Loves a Boy -Lindsey Bryant
17. No Place Like You -Maddie & Tae
18. When You're Gone -Smithfield
19. Love Steps In -Clare Bowen
20. I Wish You Were Here -Charles Kelley ft. Miranda Lambert
21. Words -Sara Evans
22. Rescue -Hunter Hayes
23. Like Me 'Till You Love Me -Jordyn Stoddard
24. Sleepin' Around - Austin Burke
25. A Little Crazy -Chelsea Gill
26. Danger Zone -Kenny Loggins
27. Chills -James Barker Band
28. Don't Waste the Night -Levi Hummon
29. Sea of Lights -Boo Ray
30. Hearts Don't Break That Way -Steve Moakler
Growing up in Charlotte knowing she was bound to help people, Christina Taylor found music to be her medicine. Writing to give her listeners the ability to express their emotions whether they be laughing or crying, Christina wants her music to comfort her fans reminding them that they’re going to be okay.
Upon her first break up Christina wrote Don’t Look Good in Your T-Shirt Anymore, inspiring her listeners to let go of the past while using a t-shirt as a symbol for falling out of love. With a fearless attitude and the ability to put herself in other people’s shoes, we know Christina’s most recent album That Girl will put her on the map as an up and coming country artist to keep an eye out for.
Now residing in Nashville as well as Charlotte, Christina is exploring the world of performing as well as collaborating with others. Having found all the best spots to perform around the city, Christina is booking shows rights and left.
As for the future, Christina plans to take to the road on a radio tour as well as continue to work with CMT and Radio Disney Country on sharing her music with as many people as possible. For now you can find Christina Taylor on iTunes and on Spotify’s New Boots Playlist or on her website at www.christinataylormusic.com.
With a sprained ankle and nothing to do, artist Kris Delmhorst picked up the guitar and hasn’t turned back since. With music as her passion, Kris decided it was time to share her music with others. Playing at an open mic night, Kris was pleased to receive a positive response to her music. And with too many ideas written down, began writing her own songs.
Writing music to inspire a sense of emotion and curiosity within her, Kris isn’t afraid of telling the truth. Letting each song steer the instrumentation every track is its own -- unique and unforgettable.
Kris worked with her husband on her next album The Wild, which tells of catching that second wind along with the struggles of becoming an adult. Following the album’s release Kris plans to hit the road this fall sharing her love of music with her love.
Taking advantage of every opportunity and cooking up new music for the upcoming year, Kris is one new artist you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. As for now you can find her music on Spotify and on her website at www.krisdelmhorst.com.
That’s right the Foursquare Swarm app and legend Kelsea Ballerini teamed up for an exciting collaboration coming this Monday - the first ever music collaboration of its kind on the Foursquare Swarm app.
Kelsea teamed-up with the life-logging app to exclusively unveil new tracks from her sophomore album "Unapologetically," which will be released on November 3rd. Kelsea has been breaking barriers since she first hit the scene, and this activation is the most innovative step she's taken to share her new music with fans. She's the only female to have her first 3 singles hit #1 and co-write them all in the country genre. Her new single "Legends" was just released, and she's been making media waves recently on GMA and Fallon.
All fans including international can use the Foursquare Swarm app to check in to select locations, where they will then be able to unlock 30 seconds of new songs by Kelsea. There is no cap to how many people can view and anyone is able to access once they check in.
So here's how the tracks will be released:
1. Fans follow Kelsea and Foursquare Swarm on Facebook and Instagram to find hints on where to check in
2. Fans go to the space that has been teased on social (i.e. gym, mall, etc.) and check in with Foursquare Swarm
3. After checking in, fans receive a "Kelsea Ballerini Bonus"
4. When the Insights screens is swiped away, a clip and track listing will be revealed. (iOS users will need to use headphones) Fans will tap to stream.
Fiona Culley may act like a lady, but nothing is going to stop this british artist from chasing after her dreams. Always surrounded by the sounds of Alison Krauss and Trisha Yearwood as well as her father’s own singing as a child, Fiona quickly became destined for a music career. With parents who pushed her to follow her dreams, Fiona made the trip to Nashville. There she found an independant label and was immediately hooked, eventually making Nashville her home after only five years.
Writing stories of her own along to the sounds of rock, soul, and country music; Fiona’s songs are a perfect reflection of her UK and Nashville influences. With an act like a lady think like a man attitude, Fiona hopes her new single Act Like a Lady inspires women to be strong and stand up for what they believe in. Now featured on Spotify’s Wild Country Playlist and on iHeartRadio, Act Like a Lady is gaining popularity among country music fans across the nation.
Now off on a radio tour, Fiona can’t help but be excited about hearing her music on the radio as well as meeting new people in new places each and every day. Working on both an acoustic and music video for Act Like a Lady, Fiona isn’t about to slow down anytime soon.
So make sure to stay tuned for more from this rising country artist by streaming to Act Like a Lady on Spotify and following Fiona via Twitter and Instagram @FionaCulley.
We know you love Kellie Pickler, so here’s your chance to meet her in person as she films new episodes of her hit show I Love Kellie Pickler.
A lifestyle show featuring Kellie and her husband as well as numerous guest stars who have agreed to perform on the show, I Love Kellie Pickler is quite a hit among country music fans. Never without her positive attitude, Kellie knows how to draw in a crowd and does so more than six times a week while filming the show in front of a live audience.
And guess what? We’re offering you the chance to see a live taping of the show! All you have to do for your chance to win free tickets is share what your favorite Kellie Pickler song is and tag us @nextwomenofcountry on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
Stay tuned cause the winner will be announced at the end of the month.
I am currently a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a marketing major. Upon realizing that I wanted to change the way people perceive country music and to help women have a voice, I began Next Women of Country in 2015 promoting new female artists and sharing their stories with the world. You can find me via Instagram @nicolemmarchesi or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org